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For those who are Hopeless Romantics, I have a lovely little journal that is now available on Amazon.

Journal cover

Created with Hopeless Romantics in mind, this softcover journal provides the perfect place to record your dreams, adventures, wishes, and hopes for a sweet happily-ever-after. This 5 x 8 inch journal offers 100 lined blank pages for recording your most romantic thoughts!

It also includes quotes from some of my most memorable, romantic characters (just don’t tell the others. We wouldn’t want them feeling slighted!).

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Here is another sample quote page:

Invitation with colorful flowers.

 If you enjoy capturing your thoughts in a journal or know someone who does, take a look at the Hopeless Romantic Journal.  It’s just $5.99 on Amazon.


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happy gardeners

This week’s happiness list challenge is to list the people who make you feel happy.

If I listed them by name, this list would go on and on and on.

So I’ll hit the highlights, instead:

  • Captain Cavedweller makes me ridiculously happy. He fills my heart with love and our home with laughter.
  • Family
  • Friends (including those I have yet to meet but love so dearly)
  • Readers (many of whom fall in the friends I’ve yet to meet category)
  • People who smile at strangers
  • People who show compassion
  • People who lend a hand
  • People who know how to laugh
  • People who create beauty in the world (through art, words, music, flowers, etc.)
  • People who aren’t afraid to love

Who makes you happy? Brings a smile to your face? Warms your heart?



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lilttle miss

This week’s list challenge is to share things that made you happy as a child.

There were so many things that brought me joy as a child on our family farm. Here are a few of them in no particular order:

  • Going with my dad. I loved getting to go along with him, no matter what he was doing. If I got to go irrigating with him, it usually meant I would be plied with candy.
  • Ice cream. I seriously loved ice cream (and still do!). The arrival of the Schwan’s truck was  cause for celebration.
  • Reading. I’ve always loved getting lost in a story. My mom read me bedtime stories and then, when I was old enough to read to myself, I did.
  • The county library. Generally, once a month Mom would take me to the library where I’d stock up on books for the next several weeks. They’d let me check out twelve at a time – and I generally hauled out the maximum limit each visit.
  • Horses. We always had horses on the place and I loved to watch them run and play and graze almost as much as I loved riding.
  • Dogs. I got my first dog when I was about six and it was love at first sight. Of course I played with the other farm dogs before then, but it was something different to have my very own dog.
  • Playing outside. I spent many happy hours just playing outside – whether it was a game of pretend (there were many, many of those games) to riding my bicycle and later my motorbike, I enjoyed being outside with the sun on my face and the freedom I felt in the great outdoors.
  • Baking with my mom. Rarely a day went by that Mom didn’t bake something. I learned by watching her, then by playing with my little Easy-Bake oven, then my experimenting on my own.
  • Pretty things. Even as a little girl, I loved pretty things… like dresses and flowers and beautiful dishes. Some things, I guess I’ll never outgrow.

Do you recall anything from your childhood that made you happy or brought you great joy?

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This week’s challenge is to list the ways you feel lucky.

Here’s the thing: I don’t feel lucky. I’m not a subscriber to the “luck or no luck” theory.

What I feel is blessed. So incredibly blessed.

Luck is essentially believing in a force that operates for good or ill in your life, shaping circumstances, events, opportunities, etc.

Blessings, however, are all about looking for the good in all circumstances, events, opportunities, etc. When you seek out the blessings instead of burdens, you tend to find them. And when you realize how many wonderful blessings you receive in a day, that is a pretty amazing feeling.

So here are a few ways I feel blessed today:

*I feel blessed to do something I truly love every day. Writing is a huge blessing to me.

*Captian Cavedweller is a blessing to me. The moment he walked into my life, I was so blessed.

*I am blessed with a comfortable home and life.

*I’m blessed with good health.

*I’m blessed with laughter and sweet friends who make my heart smile.

*I’m blessed to just to be able to sit here and type this list – the freedom to do so, to make my own choices and share my thoughts… a blessing.

Is there something that makes you feel blessed today? (Or lucky if you prefer.)

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Today’s happiness challenge is to list the things that happened today to bring you joy.

It’s still early here this morning as I type this, but I have plenty to feel blessed with and happy about today.

*For one thing, I’m grateful that I can get up out of bed and do something I love so much every single day.

*I’m excited the sun is trying to peek over the mountain and shine today. I love the sunshine and have missed it over the gray, dreary days of winter.

*I’m happy because Captain Cavedweller has the day off from work and we can spend today together.

*My health, my home, and the physical comforts around me are very much appreciated.

*The thought of a whole new day ahead of me gives me joy. I just hope I do a good job of writing that page in my life story today.


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Today’s assignment is to make a list of things you like to do that don’t involve technology.


This is going to be fun!

Steve 1 eye

Photography is one thing I greatly enjoy (and I don’t count that as technology!). It’s just fun for me to play with my camera. I have no particular skill with it or even know what I’m doing half the time, but I do have a lot of fun with it.


tulip with rain 3

I love flowers of all types, especially those that are fragrant, and enjoy puttering around in my flower beds. I can hardly wait for spring to arrive to see my tulips, daffodils and hyacinths once again. Among the tulip bulbs we have planted are some that came from plantings originally made by Captain Cavedweller’s great-grandmother. The photo above is of one of them. They are the most gorgeous shade of pink.

a perfect rose

I also adore roses. And although I don’t devote as much time to their care as I probably should, I do greatly enjoy our roses.

Cake 1

Baking is another thing I really enjoy. I’ve been baking cookies since I was six and got an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas. When I was in high school, I started experimenting with recipes and coming up with my own versions to classic standards. To date, my biggest baking projects have both been for weddings: I baked what seemed like a gazillion cupcakes for a friend’s wedding and I baked the cake pictured above for my niece’s wedding. (And no, cake decorating is not my forte, but my niece loved the cake!)

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Fort Vancouver

Exploring and traveling are also on my “enjoy” list. Captain Cavedweller and I both like museums and history and just seeing new-to-us things.


Attending rodeos is high on my love to do list. Both CC and I have such fun at them and look forward to each one we get to attend.

So there you have a list of some of my favorite things to do when I’m “unplugged.”

How about you? What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t on a computer, tablet, or your phone?

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Feb 14 a

Happy Valentine’s Day!

As my gift to you, I hope you’ll download a free digital copy of Valentine Bride!

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Two unlikely matchmakers

     set the stage for love…

Fynlee Dale returns to Holiday to take care of her wacky grandmother. Although it means giving up her dreams of a career and husband, she needs to be there for Grams.

Carson Ford vows to take care of his elderly aunt after buying her ranch. Comfortable with all aspects of his life, his world turns upside down when he meets a woman who’s impossible to forget.

They find themselves in the midst of a plot by two scheming old women determined to make them fall in love.

Valentine Bride is a funny, sweet romance given a liberal dose of humor through a cast of colorful characters intertwined around a heartwarming love story.

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